Coalition talks have broken down with the next strong Israeli PM contender Benny Gantz, leaving the current President to dwindle his thumbs. President Reuven Rivlin of Israel has now moved towards the current PM Benjamin Netanyahu to support his own desire to hold onto his seat. Gantz has explicitly said that has no intentions of forming a government with a PM that is facing legal charges.
Both parties are unable to put a coalition together, and hence the choice of coming together made sense. However, that is now looking a distant dream.
Both parties are falling short of the minimum required number of 61 seat majority in a 120 seat parliament. Gantz lead Blue and White finished first with 33 seats just ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud party’s 32 seats.
It is the President’s duty to find the most appropriate candidate according to the majority he or she wins, to be given the best chance to form a coalition government. Right now, a total of 55 lawmakers have recommended Netanyahu to lead the next government, while 54 have lined up for Gantz.
According to Rivlin, Netanyahu had a better chance of forming a government. Another reason why Gantz has refused to support Netanyahu is the insistent of his party to represent Israel’s religious parties.
Mr. Netanyahu wants to include allies from two parties representing ultraorthodox Israelis in a unity government, while Mr. Gantz and other potential coalition members have ruled out sitting with them.
Netanyahu has received the nickname ‘the magician’ due to his unknown ways of turning the numbers and support around, when chances of wins for him have been bleak, in the past. He is the longest-serving PM in the history of the country since 2009.
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